"We need to interpret interpretations more than to interpret things" (Montaigne). Does this epigraph throw significant light on Derrida's "Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of Human Sciences"?

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Yes, Montaigne's epigraph speaks to the core of Derrida's seminal essay "Structure, Sign and Play." In this essay, Derrida uses the work of anthropologist Levi-Strauss to argue that the foundations on which we based knowledge (or interpretation) are kluges—things patched together. He says he received this insight when Levi-Strauss pointed out that in the case of the incest taboo, the binary opposition of nature and culture is disrupted. Classically, anthropologists have divided the way culture is organized into either natural parts (i.e., children in every...

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